Starke County Commissioners Hear Concern About Highland Cemetery

Starke County Commissioners: Kathy Norem, Dan Bridegroom and Jennifer Davis

The Starke County Commissioners this week discussed a request regarding a new entrance at the Highland Cemetery. Officials at the cemetery have expressed their desire to open a section of the fence near County Road 300 West to add an additional entrance and exit.

The town of North Judson will cover the cost of the entrance, which was actually in use many years ago, but has since become overgrown and blocked off with a chain. The town wishes to cut down the growth and remove the chain, allowing vehicles to use the path.

One citizen at the meeting spoke up against the idea, saying that many people in the community do not want the entrance reopened for safety reasons. She said that no one knew an entrance would be placed there, and traffic would become dangerous at that location.

Commissioner Kathy Norem told her to voice her concerns at the next meeting of the North Judson Town Board, because the commissioners do not have any jurisdiction over the Highland Cemetery. Norem said that the cemetery could make this change without the commissioners’ approval, as the town owns the property.